Are Some Of The Highlights Of A Career Spanning Almost Seventy Years In The
Made his debut as an entertainer when he was six years old.
to 1942: Was an active member of an "Old Time Medicine Show" where he began
to learn "Show Business" from the same professionals who trained Gene Autry,
Bob Wills, Red Skelton, Roy Acuff, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello and many others.
Enlisted in the US Navy where he Produced Shows to entertain our Armed Forces
during World War II.
Upon Honorable Discharge from the US Navy, Hollywood beckoned and he appeared
in Western Movies as "Bronco Buck Cody" and "The Cactus Kid".
Recorded his first record for Royalty Records and in 1947 & 1948 recorded
for Star Talent Records.
Became a member of The Louisiana Hayride along with Hank Williams, Johnny
Horton, Kitty Wells, Johnny and Jack, Faron Young, Webb Pierce, Jim Reeves
and later Elvis.
& 1949: Did Radio Broadcasts from KLRA in Little Rock, Arkansas and KTFS in
Managed his first Radio Station in Hugo, Oklahoma. Later owned seven Radio
Stations. Mid 50's through early 60's: Owned and operated Country Music's
largest Phone Promotion Unit with over 200 employees promoting Grand Ole Opry
Shows with Billy Grammer as the Head liner, Louisiana Hayride Shows, Cody's
Helldrivers Thrill Shows and Marvin The Marvelous Magician.
Voted the Number One Magician in The World by The Knights Of The Golden Wand.
Owned and operated the worlds second largest Tent Circus "Colonel Buck Cody's
Pioneer Circus and Wild West Show" and later in the same year moved to Nashville
and managed Acts such as Billy Grammer, Billy Walker, Sky King, and a dozen
other Grand Ole Opry Stars. Having formed Wizard Records in 1959 in Waco,
Texas, he brought it to Nashville where it became the first Major Independent
Record Label on the famed Music Row.
Relocated to Missouri where he built a Radio Station and the first of seven
"Frontier Jamboree Music Theaters" and "Codyland Village", all of which he
owned and operated.
Opened the second "Frontier Jamboree" and a Theme Park "Six Shooter Junction"
in Harlingen, Texas.
Moved to Austin, Texas and became one of the Founding Fathers of the "Outlaw"
movement that took the world by storm. He formed a group known as "Cooder
Browne", signed them to Willie Nelson's Lone star Records and Mercury Records,
got them the job as Willie's opening act and handled press for Willie's 1979
Fourth of July Picnic while managing twelve other Austin Acts. In December
of 1979 moved Stardust Records to Nashville and signed Billy Grammer, Rhonda
Vincent, Bill Carlisle, Donna Darlene, James O'Gynne, Larry Butler and many
The urge hit to open another "Frontier Jamboree" (the fourth) (1. Marcelene,
Missouri, 2. Harlingen, Texas, 3. Georgetown, Texas) this time in Ashdown,
Arkansas. He operated this theater from 1982 until 1985 and started the careers
of Tracy Lawrence and Rooster Quantrell, just to name a couple. In 1983 he
played the lead in "The Vitonka Medicine Show" at the American Place Theater
on Broadway, New York City.
Opened his fifth "Frontier Jamboree" in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and the sixth
in Athens, Texas. The seventh in Winchester, Tennessee in 1990. 1988: Hung
his Hat on Billy Goat Hill in Winchester, Tennessee and heads "The Colonel
Buster Doss Music Group" from there to this day.
is the Writer of over 500 recorded songs and has Produced Thousands of records
since 1948. He was voted into the Hall Of Fame by The Country Music Associations
Of America. The Greater Southern Country Music Association, Colorado Foundation,
Circus, Magician's and Ventriloquist also honored him with their Hall Of Fame
Induction's. He has owned and published such familiar magazines as "Smoke
Signals", "The Country Gazette", "C.B. News", "The Texas Tourist Guide". "The
Country Gazette" is still in production.
are just some of the "Highlights" of a career in "Show Business" spanning
over a half century.
you can find anyone in the Music Business who can even come close to this
Track Record - I'll show you a tree that a bird has never lit in!
following are a few of the acts that Colonel Buster Doss has done shows with.
Some of them he also was their producer and/or manager.
Williams - Johnny Horton - Elvis Presly - Billy Grammer - Billy Walker - Sky
King - Conway Twitty - Tex Ritter - Hank Thompson - Johnny Rodriquez - Willie
Nelson - Tracy Lawrence - Porter Wagoner - Dolly Parton - David Houston -
Johnny Cash - Ernest Tubb - Red Foley - Bob Wills - Asleep At The Wheel -
Rooster Quantrell - Lefty Frizzel - Johnny Paycheck - Roy Acuff - George Jones
- Sonny James - Texas Playboys - George Strait - Kitty Wells - Johnny and
Jack Bailes Bros. - Stringbean - Shot Jackson - Bill Carlisle - Lonzo
and Oscar - Cooder Browne - Cal Smith - Claude King - Tommy Cash - O.B. McClinton
- Sleepy LaBeef - Leon Douglas - Martha Carson - Grandpa Jones Linda
Cassady Sons of the Pioneers Merle Kilgore Linda Wunder
Tommy D. - Cliff Archer - Benny Ray - The Border Raiders - Last Cowboy
Band - Brazos Valley Ranch Hands - Johnny Gimble - Buddy Emmons - Red Sovine
- Arkansas Playboys - Flatt & Scruggs - Jim & Jesse - Spade Cooley - Tex Williams
- Ray Wylie Hubbard - Geezinslaw Bros -- Leon Russell - Mickey Gilley - Bobby
Bare - Rhonda Vincent - Sally Mountain Gang - Barbara Fairchild - Ernie Ashworth
- Larry Butler - Laura Lee McBride - Leona Williams - Dale McBride - James
O'Gwynn - Bob & Joe Shelton and the Sunshine Boys - Chuck Wagon Gang - Frank
Stamps Quartet - Doug Autry - Minnie Pearl - Tommy Scott - Tim McCoy - Jimmie
Davis - Light Crust Doughboys - Wilburn Bros. - Stan Hitchcock - Jerry Jeff
Walker - Steve Formholz - Wayne Raney - Smiling Jerry Jericho - "Country"
Johnny Mathis - Clayton Michaels - R.B. Stone - Lonnie Glosson - Tommy Duncan
- Wally Fowler - Oak Ridge Boys - Tex Beneke - Doug Kershaw - Jimmy C. Newman
and countless others that don't pop in my head right now.